Post Cycle Therapy is one of those topics that guys down the gym don’t want to talk about. It’s all very boring, and most of them skip over it to talk about how awesome SARMs are, and what gains they have made, or what they’ve shredded. But getting the best Post Cycle Therapy advice and routine can dramatically improve everything.
If you do Post Cycle Therapy you are not going to get the long-term side effects of testosterone drop, which can be serious.
On top of that, you could actually turn around your SARMs cycles far more quickly than if you just ignore PCT completely.
So what we’re going to do here is talk you through everything you need to know about Post Cycle Therapy for SARMs. Plus, we’ll talk about whether you can use SARMs during PCT for steroids, and talk about what the best PCT supplement for SARMs and steroids is.
What Is Post Cycle Therapy Exactly?
Post Cycle Therapy is all about giving your body a break from the effects of SARMs (or anabolic steroids).
SARMs are mostly anabolic, as are all anabolic steroids. That means that they target androgen receptors in the body, and in addition to mimicking testosterone, they also influence how testosterone is used and produced.
Post Cycle Therapy aims to correct the testosterone balance in your body, which can be quite severely and negatively affected by SARMs and steroids.
The idea is that you take a PCT supplement for a number of weeks, and it helps to correct the balance.
The Signs Of Testosterone Suppression
Part of the problem with knowing when to use PCT is that a lot of guys don’t recognize when their testosterone levels are being suppressed (lowered).
These are the signs of testosterone suppression that you have to be aware of:
- An increase in body fat (the opposite of what you’ve just achieved)
- Fragile bones
- Decreased muscle mass and strength (again, the opposite of what you have just achieved)
- Hot flushes
- Irritability and mood swings
- Depression and a lack of enthusiasm
- Problems with cholesterol metabolism
- Fatigue and general malaise
- Decreased sexual interest and fertility
But the other problem I want to talk about is gyno (gynecomastia). It’s something that can happen when there is a serious and long-term drop in testosterone.
It basically means you start developing breasts. Breast tissue increases, there will be pain and tenderness, and even discharge from the nipples. Basically guys, you’ll be forming small tits.
That’s why knowing the signs of testosterone drop and gyno are so vital, and why you must head all that off by using PCT religiously at the end of the SARMs cycle if needed because of the SARMs you are using.
Do You Need PCT For SARMs Every Time?
There’s always confusion around SARMs, and it took me a while to research the truth about this.
Not all SARMs actually SARMs. What I mean is, they aren’t all Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators, they don’t all work as agonists (full or partial) of androgen receptors in muscle and bone (and in anabolic steroids androgen receptors more generally around the body, which is why they have so many bad side effects).
The following SARMs do not need a PCT supplement, because they are not androgen receptor agonists:
- Cardarine GW-501516
- MK-677 Ibutamoren
- SR-9009 Stenabolic
I will just say here that there is some evidence MK-677 does bind to androgen receptors in a minor way. But that’s not proven, and if you think you could be very suppressed, then you should think about it in the same terms as Ostarine.
Ostarine (MK-2866) is very mildly an agonist on the androgen receptors, but even then, only at high doses. So you don’t really need a PCT supplement for that either, unless you’re particularly sensitive, taking a very high dose, or stacking it with androgenic SARMs.
Can You Use SARMs During PCT For Steroids?
The only SARM that is ever recommended to use during steroids post cycle is Ostarine. It can bring the benefits of protecting your muscle gains, and helping you to continue to strip fat.
The reason for that is that it’s only mildly suppressive, and even then only at higher doses (usually 25 mg or higher).
Now obviously, especially if you have used a highly suppressive steroid/dose, then you can’t just use it on its own, because you just suppress your testosterone levels further.
But a lot of guys do use Ostarine as part of their PCT. But they will still stack it with Nolva, or Clomid, and dose accordingly to offset the suppression Ostarine can still bring.
So by all means use the Ostarine post cycle, but always stack it with a suitable PCT supplement, and increase the dose because the fact you are using Ostarine.
Using SARMs As During A Break Between Your Main SARMs Cycle
Some people claim that you can continue to use SARMs while taking a break from SARMs (or steroids). Now that may sound ridiculous, but again, we are really talking about Ostarine predominantly.
It’s muscle protective, and it can still strip fat. It’s only mildly suppressive at higher doses as well. So you can stack it with Nolvadex or Clomid and still recover your testosterone levels while continuing to get the benefits.
But that’s not the whole story. I mentioned earlier that Cardarine, YK-11, MK-677, and SR-9009 were not androgenic SARMs. So you could still use those post cycle.
The reality is, post cycle means stopping taking SARMs that are agonists of the androgen receptors. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use SARMs that are not, between cycles of those that are.
However, my word of warning here is that no matter how much you want to hit things, your body needs a break. If you’re going to have a break between cycles, unless there is a really good reason, I would break from pretty much everything and just use a good quality PCT supplement.
There’s no point in looking good if your health falls to pieces because you keep hammering it with SARMs, PCT, steroids, or combos of all of them, meaning it never gets a chance to settle and be in balance.
The Three SARMs PCT I Recommend
Now we’ve talked about why and when you will need PCT for SARMs and steroids, let’s look at what supplements are the best Post Cycle Therapy for SARMs.
Basically, this isn’t going to be confusing. Certainly not as confusing as SARMs themselves, which should be great news to you.
You have three choices. Yes, there are other PCT supplements out there (mostly aromatase inhibitors), but these three are by far and away from the most popular choices, depending on your needs:
Nolvadex is definitely the most common PCT supplement you’ll find being used by bodybuilders. It’s the mildest SERM (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator), and it’s the most easily available without a prescription because it available on the grey market in a number of places with high quality.
It was designed originally as a treatment for breast cancer, and also infertility. Nolvadex is a brand name for the generic form tamoxifen.
What happens is because you are stimulating the effects of testosterone, your natural testosterone production declines. In addition, the production of estrogen increases, creating an imbalance.
SERMs (and aromatase inhibitors, which are similar) bind to estrogen receptors and mitigate this activity. They also stop the conversion of testosterone into estrogen, allowing your body the time and space to raise its own natural production back to normal levels. Generally, they are referred to as estrogen blockers.
Nolvadex is quite mild in how it does this, which is why it’s so widely used for most people using SARMs. Unless you’re taking high doses or using aggressive androgen receptor SARMs then this is the one to go for.
Clomid is a brand name for the generic chemical clomiphene citrate. It binds to receptors that stimulate an increase in the production of FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone), and LH (Luteinizing Hormone).
In men, an increase in FSH leads to an increase in sperm production, while an increase in LH leads to an increase in testosterone production.
So it’s a different mechanism of action to Nolvadex, and it’s far more aggressive in what it does in the male body, significantly raising testosterone levels.
That’s why Clomid could be overkill for most SARMs users. But for those using anabolic steroids, or using the most aggressive SARMs like RAD-140 or S-23, or stacking several androgenic SARMs, then it could be the one to go for.
3. Rebirth PCT
Your third option is to not mess around with estrogen receptors, FSH, LH, or anything else directly.
Rebirth PCT is an indirect way of addressing the problem of too much estrogen and not enough testosterone in the body.
It uses natural ingredients that have been scientifically proven to elevate testosterone levels, and help to suppress estrogen production. It’s not as powerful as Clomid or Nolvadex, but if you’re using something like a high dose of Ostarine, it could be perfect.
Dosing PCT Supplements
To quickly cover dosing these best SARMs PCT supplements, these are the dosage ranges the three most popular:
- Nolvadex is usually dosed at around 100 mg per day. Typically, at least a four-week PCT cycle is needed to start to decrease estrogen and get testosterone levels heading towards normal.
- Nolvadex is much stronger, and around 20 mg is typical, maybe rising to 40 mg if you are really suppressed. Again, you’re looking at using it for at least four weeks to get full testosterone bounce back typically, but I’d recommend always taking a break as long as the cycle length you’ve just completed, start with a high dose and taper down.
- Rebirth PCT requires a dose of six capsules every morning for at least four weeks. You can raise the dose by a couple of capsules per day if you need to, and the maximum recommended length of PCT using this is 12 weeks.
Buying SARMs PCT Supplements
Hopefully, you now have a better idea of why PCT supplements are so crucial to your bodybuilding success.
If you don’t use them, you could be deficient in testosterone. That means your muscles are simply not growing as fast as they could, your energy levels aren’t as high as they should be, your determination will be lower, and you’re allowing an increase in damaging estrogen production. All of that is a total killer for working your body at peak efficiency.
So take it seriously: make sure you use a PCT supplement.
The best PCT for SARMs (and steroids) is Nolvadex, Clomid, and if you want a completely natural and less aggressive variant, then rebirth PCT is another option.
Nolvadex is available from Swiss Chems. It’s actually generic tamoxifen, but it does exactly the same job. 100 capsules, each dosing 20 mg, costs $119.95 (total dose of 2000 mg).
Clomid (clomiphene) is also available in generic form from Swiss Chems. I’ll also mention that they sell SARMs as well, which makes them a brilliant “one-stop-shop” for getting everything you need. 100 tablets, each dosing 25 mg, will cost you $109.95 (total dose of 2500 mg).
Rebirth PCT is available direct from the company who manufactures it, Huge Supplements.
A one-month supply (180 capsules @ 6 capsules per day) costs just $69.95. If you don’t need a full SERM, and you just need to suppress estrogen production slightly, and naturally raise testosterone production slightly (using the proven natural testosterone booster D-Aspartic acid) then this is a great option.